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U.S. States by Hottest Recorded Temperature

Name the U.S. states that have the highest ever recorded temperatures.
According to this source. Records considered dubious are not included
As of July 17, 2017
Quiz by Jarl5
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First submittedJuly 11, 2017
Last updatedJuly 17, 2017
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°C
°F
State
54.0
129
California
51.7
125
Arizona
51.7
125
Nevada
49.4
121
Kansas
48.9
120
Oklahoma
48.9
120
South Dakota
°C
°F
State
48.9
120
Texas
47.8
118
Missouri
47.8
118
Nebraska
47.8
118
New Mexico
47.8
118
Washington
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level 82
Jul 17, 2017
That last one's a bit of a head-scratcher. Gonna have to investigate.
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level 82
Jul 17, 2017
Even more confused *after* investigating. That record high temp was in a place called Ice Harbor. How curious.
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level 57
Jul 17, 2017
Hm. Hope you find more evidence.
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level 50
Jul 18, 2017
You mean water harbor?
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level 82
Jul 18, 2017
At that temperature, bordering on Steam Harbor.
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level 56
Jul 19, 2017
You guys just made my day!
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level 56
Dec 2, 2017
I live in Washington and i've been in 102 degrees Fahrenheit weather, so I got Washington.
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level 62
Oct 15, 2018
I've lived in Pennsylvania and been in 102 degree weather too, but there was no way in hell I was guessing PA. 118 is a LOT different from 102...
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level 58
Apr 14, 2019
This caught me by surprise, and I live within 10-15 miles of the hottest place ever in Washington (Ice Harbor Dam)! Been here about 30 years and while I've seen a large share of 100-deg days I'm thankful I wasn't around for the record (118). This area is in the southeast part of WA and it is NOT "evergreen state"-ish over here!
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level 65
Jul 17, 2017
Check out my quiz on the most climatologically diverse states. There's one for countries too.
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level 79
Jul 17, 2017
So South Dakota is the only state on both the coldest and hottest list.
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level 57
Jul 17, 2017
Before QM edited it, both ND and SD were on there. I noticed that too.
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level 39
Jul 28, 2017
I live in North Dakota and in the the summer it is way too hot and in the winter it is very cold so it is a nice place to live.
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level 69
Jul 6, 2018
Plus the terrain varies along the daily commute.
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
North Dakota hit 121 on July 6, 1936.
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
* Records considered dubious are not included
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level 70
Jul 18, 2017
The only thing here with a dubious record is Quizmaster. Burn!
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level ∞
Jul 18, 2017
I don't think it's recommended to say "burn" to your own joke.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Yeah I'm confused as well
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level 68
Jul 18, 2017
When did it become dubious? It has been an accepted figure for 80 years.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
That was on there before it was edited
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level 51
Jul 18, 2017
According to this source>https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/scec/records, it should go like this:
California - 134
Arizona - 128
Nevada - 125
New Mexico - 122
North Dakota - 121
Kansas - 121
South Dakota - 120
Oklahoma - 120
Arkansas - 120
Texas - 120
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
That's how it looked originally. Quizmaster changed it. Would you like to tell him he doesn't care about accuracy? You on the other hand don't seem to care about making good quizzes or getting a high level so I'd keep the comments to yourself. Thanks!
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level 58
Jul 18, 2017
I didn't add Washington for awhile, but given that I grew up on the eastern side of the state, I know it can get nasty hot in the summer. Not all of Washington is green. If it weren't for irrigation, the eastern part of the state would be brown, brown, and more brown.
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level 51
Jul 18, 2017
Apparently he doesn't. The NFL stadium quiz is almost a year out of date. I've commented several times and it still hasn't been updated. And it's not my fault all of the good topics have already been done. It's hard to think of stuff that hasn't been done that is also any good. And no actually, I don't really care about my level.
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level 57
Jul 19, 2017
Alright I'll try again. 𝘗𝘓𝘌𝘈𝘚𝘌 complain elsewhere. Thank you!
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level ∞
Jul 19, 2017
I have a schedule to update "NFL Stadiums" and other such quizzes once per year. Otherwise, its insanity. I'm not going to reset the stats every time some stadium sells to another corporate sponsor.
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level 57
Jul 19, 2017
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level 51
Jul 20, 2017
In the case of that quiz, a team didn't sell the name to a different corporate sponsor, they moved into a new stadium entirely. And 2 others will be playing in new/different stadiums this upcoming season. If you are going to care about "accuracy" about quizzes like this, then so should other major ones like those.
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level 40
Jul 18, 2017
Never expected Washington
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Me neither!
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level 66
Jul 24, 2017
Neither did the Brits
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level 56
Oct 28, 2018
loool
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level 58
Apr 14, 2019
ZING!
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level 68
Nov 26, 2018
Me neither, and I live here.
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level 65
Jul 18, 2017
I am so confused I cant type punctuation
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
You don't need to. JetPunk accepts things without uppercase letters or punctuation.
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level 23
Jul 18, 2017
No hawaii?No Florida? i am shock
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level 69
Jul 18, 2017
Surprisingly, Hawaii is one of only two states (Alaska the other) that has never reached 100 degrees
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level 66
Jul 24, 2017
Not really all that surprising. The ocean has a very large mediating effect because the ocean temperature is highly resistant to temperature fluctuation (water has a very high heat capacity). Thus temperature near a coast is always more mild that the temperature several 10s of miles inland.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Hello to everyone from the front page! Thanks for taking the time to play my quiz today. If you want, feel free to check out some of my other quizzes, there are some good ones out there including a coldest version of this quiz. Have a great day!
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level 16
Jul 18, 2017
that so easy
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Wow, you must know your geography!
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level 71
Jul 18, 2017
Iowa has also reached 118.
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level 57
Jul 18, 2017
Not according to this source
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level 54
Jul 18, 2017
Washington was unexpected. The hottest place in the state: The Tri-Cities - Kennewick, Pasco and Richland
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level 75
Jul 20, 2017
Nice quiz, Jarl5. We just returned from a three-week driving trip of the western states which made this one easier for me.
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level 57
Jul 21, 2017
Thanks! Sounds like fun.
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level 59
Dec 27, 2017
It's amazing the effect the ocean has on weather. Florida, the southernmost mainland state, isn't actually that hot because of the weather. Yet, South Dakota, approximately the same Latitude as Southern Russia, is on this list!
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level 38
Jun 13, 2018
I've lived in several states, including some of the ones on this list, and Florida felt the hottest. That humidity changes everything.
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level 16
Jan 4, 2018
I like jet punk quizzes and the people here. It's been fun. I am always a bit surprised by negative comments...this was one of the few safe places on the net where people play for fun and don't take everything so seriously. BTW Washington state is pretty darn hot in summers in Eastern Washington. Scorching! Not at all a surprise.
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level 38
Apr 28, 2018
Would never have guessed Washington!